Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I'm a Changed Woman

I must admit -- I used to be an unbeliever.

I used to think that I couldn't bake brownies.

I used to think that it was...too difficult.

I would overbake them; I would underbake them; they would stick to my apparently unnecessarily-greased pan.

Bottom line:  

That is, until I met these little beauties.

Yep, you guessed it...

These little brownies behaved so well.

They baked for the amount of time they promised they'd bake.

They didn't stick to the pan.

They even had a toothpick test and guess what?  

I'm so pleased with these brownies.

They're everything a good brownie should be:

Moist, decadent, and fudgy.

there are chocolate chips on top.


If you like dark chocolate
(or are a fan of chocolate that isn't too sweet), 
these are definitely for you.

This recipe combines three different kinds of chocolate to create a rich, dark chocolate flavor that only serves to enhance the bold stout.

May I introduce you to:

~•Recipe #4•~

Adapted from Cookie Madness

Makes 15 Miss Dot-sized-brownies or 36 normal-person-brownies.  
Who knew?

1 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 t. salt
6 T. unsalted room temperature butter, cut into cubes
6 oz. dark bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 c. white chocolate chips
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 c. granulated sugar
10 oz. (1 1/4 c.) stout (she used Guinness Extra Stout) -- room temperature
3/4 t. vanilla
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1/8 cup confectioners sugar for dusting (optional)

  1. HEAT oven to 375°F.  Line a 9"x13" baking pan with a nonstick foil like Reynolds Release *TIP: I didn't have nonstick foil so I just lined the pan with regular foil and then sprayed it with cooking spray.
  2. WHISK together flour, salt, and cocoa powder until combined.  Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, MELT butter, bittersweet chocolate, and white chocolate chips in a double boiler over very low heat, stirring constantly until melted.  Remove from heat.  Alternatively, you may do this in the microwave by microwaving on high and stirring every 30 seconds.
  4. In a separate bowl, BEAT eggs and sugar together on high until fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  5. ADD melted chocolate mixture to sugar-egg mixture; beat until combined.
  6. BEAT flour mixture into chocolate mixture.
  7. WHISK in stout.
  8. POUR into prepared pan and drop semisweet chocolate chips on top of batter.  Some will sink in; this is fine.
  9. BAKE for 25-30 minutes on center rack in oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
  10. COOL; Dust with confectioners sugar before serving. 

This recipe has been Swedish Chef-approved!


  1. Stop it already! I'm drooling!!! and I've been so good... Made hubby a birthday cake and haven't so much as licked the knife. I wish he'd finish it already!!! You make me want to go and rip it apart with my bare...teeth!

  2. They look good. Do you ever add nuts. That's the way the wife does them, and they are good!!

  3. I absolutely adore brownies, and these look positively fabulous! I'm a big fan of using a stout in chocolate cake, and am going to have to give this recipe a try. Also, my little brother was inquiring about recipes that incorporate beverages into desserts, so I'm going to post a link to this post on my FB fan page for him and others to enjoy! Thanks!

  4. Those look delish! Thanks for the recipe!

    Stoppin' by from SITS!

  5. Oh good lord.
    Brownies AND alcohol?
    I'm pretty sure a better combination has never existed.

  6. Oh my goodness! I would love one of those right now!

  7. just peed my pants with excitement. weird huh? haha

  8. Yum, is there anything you can't bake? You seriously never cease to surprise me. I swear I can gain 10 pounds just by reading your blog, but in a good way I suppose :).

  9. I think I just gained five pounds reading your post. :-)

    I'm now off to gain five more because now I need chocolate.

  10. Congrats on conquering the brownie :) They look wonderful. I'll have to give them a try after I lose these dreadful 5 lbs I can't seem to get rid of!!

  11. Not a real big nut fan are you? I'm telling you, they be good in them brownies.

    Thanks for visiting my blog - glad you liked the little doodle.

  12. you are almost making me a believer as well. If I want to make no fail brownies, I buy a mix (and the brownies still sort of fail). I saved this recipe, hoping that it will work for me as well ;) my partner will love the guinnes, I think...